The debate over tattoos in the workplace is raging on, with the most recent case being of a tattooed teaching assistant who was allegedly sent away on the first day of her new job. Conversely, the army has now relaxed their tattoo policy - Shoosmiths offers some practical tips for business.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 30 October 2014 | Practice Area: Equal Treatment
It has long been established that the costs of proceedings can be recovered by the winning side. However, what was uncertain was whether these costs could include the work of in-house lawyers. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at a case which has removed this uncertainty.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 24 October 2014 | Practice Area: Litigation
Justice secretary Chris Grayling recently outlined proposals to quadruple the current six-month sentence for people found guilty of internet trolling. In this briefing, Shoosmiths offers practical steps businesses can take to protect themselves or their employees from cyber-abuse or internet trolls.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 23 October 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and enforcement
References are often requested during the recruitment process - but are they worth the paper they are written on? In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the dangers of providing - or not providing - a reference and what employers can do if they receive an unsatisfactory reference.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 22 October 2014 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights
Public procurement rules are changing across Europe, and the UK government has just published a first draft of the new regulations that it proposes will implement the changes. A consultation process is underway - in this briefing, Shoosmiths lists some key points to note in the proposed regulations.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 21 October 2014 | Practice Area: Public Procurement
The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently found that an employee was not automatically unfairly dismissed when he took time off to care for his pregnant partner. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the reasons for the decision, and sets out the learning points for employers.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 14 October 2014 | Practice Area: Tribunals
The landscape of UK consumer rights law is undergoing its largest reform since 1979, and this month sees the implementation of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading (Amendment) Regulations. Shoosmiths looks at the aims of the new legislation and sets out the pitfalls for lawyers to watch out.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 07 October 2014 | Practice Area: Consumer Protection
Section 85 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, which is yet to be enacted, sets out parliament's intention to give magistrates courts unlimited sentencing powers rather than being restricted to the current limit of £5,000. Shoosmiths looks at what this means for businesses...view abstract
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 26 September 2014 | Practice Area: Remedies and Enforcement
The first day of October 2014 is a day of change for employers because it is one of the government's two annual 'common commencement dates'. In this briefing, Shoosmiths takes a look at the key changes in employment law introduced from this October.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 24 September 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement
An employee or witness who is fearful of giving evidence as part of a disciplinary process can cause difficulties for an employer. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the issues you should consider when dealing with such an individual and offers some practical steps to consider.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 15 September 2014 | Practice Area: Tribunals
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